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Obama’s New Manufacturing Hub and What Future Manufacturing Actually Needs To Be Successful

President Obama announced this week the creation of a manufacturing and innovation institute in Raleigh, North Carolina that will be led by North Carolina State University. The new innovation hub is part of a larger effort to create a national network of manufacturing innovation sites. “For decades we’ve been losing manufacturing jobs. But now our manufacturers have added over the last four […]

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MEETING SKILLS: Still Tolerating Bad Meetings? Maybe One of These Baker’s Dozen Will Get You Back on Track

In a July 2012 Forbes article, Erika Andersen explores why people continue to tolerate “bad” meetings. She goes on to say that if employees only understood the expense involved, they would see the bottom-line importance of improving each and every meeting they attend. She uses this comparison: “I’ll bet you anything if the leader of […]

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Train-the-Trainer Certificate Workshop

Looking to cut your training costs? Needing results with your learning program? Our train-the-trainer workshop certifies trainers in adult learning theory, workshop design, and presentation skills. More and more organizations are finding it cost effective to build in-house training teams and purchase scripted modules that are “ready to go.” We have now launched over a […]

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Building a Process-Efficiency Mindset Workshop

You may wish that sometimes you could do it all yourself — just so it would get done right —but truthfully that’s unrealistic. This workshop will help you to get others to see the inefficiencies in their processes and have a continuous improvement mindset. The learner will be able to: Build a continuous improvement mindset […]

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Facilitated Strategic Planning Workshop

Strategic planning skills may be one of the best-kept secrets in today’s work world.  Everybody in management is talking about it, most management job descriptions call for it, but how many really know what it means and how to DO it? Give yourself, as well as your organization, an extra edge by learning these robust […]

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Effective Group Facilitation Workshop

Experts suggest that facilitation skills will be an absolute “must have” competency for leaders, whether leading a small group or large project team.  This training teaches the 5 Key Steps for Effective Facilitation with hands-on practice in the session.

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Skinny-Mini Meeting Tool Kit

The skinny on meetings is that we’re not that good at them.  Do you go to meetings and tend to sit around listening to endless information sharing rather then problem solve?  Do you attend meetings that lack structure, roles or accountability?  Do you walk out of meetings wishing you felt more productive or clear on the objective? It can be frustrating, but […]

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MEETINGS: Facilitating The "High Heat" Meeting

The department managers sat glumly waiting for the meeting to begin.  They knew it wasn’t going to be good news as corporate had been suggesting for months that cuts needed to be made.  When the meeting began, it didn’t take long for tempers to flare, as fingers were pointing from one to another in an […]

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TRAINING: The Future of Training & Development: New Social Learning

Massive transformations are taking place in our economy, our businesses and the way we communicate and filter information now more than ever before.  The transformations may not be much of a surprise to most as Thomas Friedman warned us exhaustively in The World Is Flat five years ago; however I’m not always sure we’re aware […]

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The Best of NDCBlogger – Year in Review

Well, what a year for NDCBlogger!  After making the decision to go full steam ahead a year ago and start blogging we have had great fun coming up with topics every week that spark debate, question traditional philosophies and hopefully, inspire you to perform with excellence. We created our blog program as a venue for […]

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TEAMING: Why Teams Fail to Function Effectively

There have been many articles and books written on why teams fail, including the very popular Five Dysfunctions of Teams.  For this blog, I’d like to go off the beaten path a bit and look at some of the less discussed reasons why teams fail – the other six dysfunctions of teams. 1. Wanting team-based […]

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TRAINING: 5 Ways Training Can Cut Cost and Increase Revenue

For most, the idea of training is one that revolves around mandates and requirements, or as a solution to a problem one is experiencing.  However, we also know that training is a great way for organizations to build the competencies of their staff, and specifically, can be used to cut cost and increase revenue.   Recently […]

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MEETINGS: Less Time, More Productivity, Bigger Returns

Last week I was training a group of managers on facilitation skills.  When I asked them what they particularly wanted to accomplish in the training, they spoke about needing to address the following: · 3-4 hour meetings that go on and on with little accomplished by the end · Going off-track on “rabbit chases” that leave the […]

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TRAINING: Your One Stop Shop

I am routinely struck by how hungry people are for answers to the daily situations they find themselves in.  Whether it’s the need to just have someone listen to their ideas or they’re actually seeking advice for how to tackle a “sticky situation”, I have witnessed my organization continually exceed the expectations of the people […]

FACILITATION SKILLS: We Need More Skilled Facilitators

Awhile back one of our clients needed to train employees who facilitate problem resolution sessions. We all made an assumption that the participants would be capable of basic facilitation:  opening a meeting, assigning roles, launching a brainstorming session, narrowing the focus, and guiding the group through to decision making. Boy, were we wrong. By the […]

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